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Course Of Empire

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Course Of Empire

Carpe Diem Records, Zoo Entertainment
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Allan G. Restrepo
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Breakneck industrial beats one minute, dreamy ambient the next, Course Of Empire's 1990 self-titled debut is a wild post-punk ride

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Dark, brooding atmospheres with intense, pulsating rhythms complemented by searing guitar work and haunting, enigmatic lyrics roughly sum up the wild ride that it is self-titled debut album by Course Of Empire. If an album can be called "dystopian," which is usually reserved for science fiction novels and movies, Course Of Empire may qualify. Thanks to hypnotic, almost tribal percussion via a pair of drummers, the band stretches from tabla jams to industrial beats to ambient drone guitar to poppy new wave, all drenched in a very specific moodiness. Defined by its experimental and uncompromising nature, the album is a great example of the 1980s/90s crossroads that alternative music found itself as college rock rose to prominence on MTV and radio, resulting in the band re-releasing the album in 1992 via a major label deal with Zoo Entertainment.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Ptah
  • 17:40 - Peace Child
  • 23:14 - Copious
  • 27:01 - Dawn Of The Great Eastern Sun
  • 35:58 - Sins of the Fathers
  • Outro - Mountains Of The Spoken

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